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Spicy Sausage and Chard Pasta

Photo: Alex Farnum; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Total time 30 mins

Serves 4

Willy and Sandy Hermann, readers from Orinda, California, shared this easy one-dish meal with us. They like to use hot sausage, but mild is good too. You can use the chard stems for soup if you like.


  • 12 ounces whole-wheat or regular linguine
  • 12 ounces hot Italian sausages, casings removed
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 large garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves chopped
  • 4 Roma or medium beefsteak tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup slivered fresh basil leaves
  • Shaved parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 692
  • caloriesfromfat 43 %
  • protein 28 g
  • fat 33 g
  • satfat 15 g
  • carbohydrate 72 g
  • fiber 11 g
  • sodium 848 mg
  • cholesterol 92 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat a large, wide pot over medium heat. Cook sausage, onion, and garlic, stirring frequently, until sausage starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add chard and tomatoes and cook, covered, until chard wilts, about 4 minutes. Stir in cream.

    Seeding Tomatoes
  2. Put drained pasta in a large, shallow serving bowl. Pour sausage and chard mixture over pasta and sprinkle with basil and parmesan cheese.